On my #morningwalk #writerslife

If I walk before doing anything else in the morning (even my first cup of coffee) it helps to wake up my brain, clear out the weird dreams of the night before, and send energy down into my toes. I’m not a huge fan of roses – but this one caught my eye and my […]

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Visiting Mission San Luis Rey – a Possible Writing Project

I’m thinking about doing a series of articles or possibly a book on the California Missions. Although Mission San Luis Rey (King of the Missions) is only 45 minutes from where I live, I’ve never visited. Took a few hours on Sunday to stroll through the historic grounds and the original mission church.

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Join Me in Mind-Mapping Your Next Flash Non-Fiction (or Fiction)

Yesterday I wrote about  creating a mind-map in preparation for a flash non-fiction piece. Today I’m inviting you to do the same. (If you write fiction, please join in!) If you’ve never done mind-mapping, I’ve included links below to a few quick guides.  I have mind-mapping software (Simple Mind) but I prefer using pen and […]

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Anatomy of an Article – Part 1

If you think about it, it’s the details that draw us into a story – whether fiction or non-fiction. That’s why I was interested in reading a recent article about the value of  note-taking for travel writers. I’m not a travel writer, per se, but I never travel without a notebook shoved in my hip pocket. […]

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#Writers are always looking for new ideas #writerslife

From my weekly market research, Barnes & Noble. Bookstore visits are a must for writers who want to see what’s selling.

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Meaning – Flash Non-Fiction

The Art of Extraordinary Writing appreciates this contribution by Jane Castellanos. Jane was a teacher, intuitive, traveller, currently living in Devon, seeking to reconnect.  Meaning I don’t have a desk, but I do have a room. The windows are plastic, not allowing for squirrel or bird feeders to be attached. It is forbidden to throw […]

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Wife and War – Amalie Flynn

I stumbled across Amalie Flynn’s work about a month ago and was stuck by the stark beauty of her poetry. Her memoir, Wife and War will be released on 9/11/13.  Her writing was featured by The New York Times At War and by TIME.   She also blogs for The Huffington Post. Read more of […]

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Labyrinth – Flash Non-FIction

Thank you to Portland, Oregon poet, Gail Brooks, for the flash non-fiction piece: Labyrinth. First swallows of coffee down, my eyes begin to widen just a bit. I’m having a quick breakfast at a local favorite spot and leisurely checking out the familiar surroundings. The place is kind of a mess as usual–stuff piled up, […]

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Flash Non-Fiction #1 – Waiting

I took on the Flash Non-Fiction Challenge #1 – writing about three things and how they may relate to one another.  I’m not exaggerating when I admit that I went through 30+ revisions, trying to find the perfect word, the perfect turn-of-phrase. I was shocked at the ah-ha’s I experienced, but I’ll save that for […]

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Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following: I’ve been reading Field Guide […]

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Delphinium blooming again. Happy #writerslife

I didn’t realize how critical it was for my creativity and general well-being to be able to be outside in Nature. On April 1, 2013, I moved from an apartment that I never liked into a sweet tiny cottage. I now have a patio on the east side, beyond double French doors, and another on the […]

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A Writing Challenge for Me (and you?)

I recently won a contract to write several 300-400 word content pieces for a client’s websites. This is my first test of producing beautiful writing for an SEO content-driven site. I’ll be researching a topic about which I know nothing (which I enjoy) then seeing if I can use the SEO keyword list to create […]

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Introducing Terri Gadal – Poet

I’m not sure how I first ran across Terri Gadal’s poetry. As a woman “of a certain age”, I immediately recognized in her a kindred spirit – one brave enough to write about issues of aging.  It’s rare to find a writer willing to explore the dark corners where fear of memory loss and independence […]

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Cristina Oliver – Sharing Beautiful Writing

Thank you to Cristina Oliver for sharing her thoughts about beautiful writing: Writing that brings heaven into the room,like a soft breeze ruffling lace curtains. Like the smell of the ocean on a warm summer day…………writing that send us into the best of ourselves answering all our hopes and dreams…………. Image courtesy Smabs Sputzer

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I write so much better after good Mexican food #writerslife

A relaxing lunch with my artist friend, Willy, after an aborted attempt to get to the San Diego Museum of Art.  I’m pretty sure every single tourist and every single San Diegan was in the park today.

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